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Moscow To Allow Three-Year Work Permits For Tajiks

A Tajik diplomat meets migrant workers living in Moscow in August. (file photo)
DUSHANBE -- Tajik citizens are now eligible to obtain three-year work permits in Russia.

A document changing the regulation from the current one-year maximum was signed on October 29 by Safialo Devonaev, the chief of the Tajik government’s migration service, and Konstantin Romodanovsky, the director of Russia's Federal Migration Service.

Three weeks ago, Russian State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin officially announced in Dushanbe that Tajik citizens would be eligible to obtain three-year work permits. Naryshkin, who then visited Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, also called on Dushanbe to "become part of the Eurasian integration process."

Moscow has been pushing former Soviet republics to join a Russian-led Customs Union, which currently comprises Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Thousands of Tajik migrant workers travel to Russia every year for seasonal work as unemployment remains high in Tajikistan.